Nvidia took to the virtual stage at CES 2021 to announce not only the company’s line of new RTX 30 Series cards for laptops, but also the much-rumoured entry-level graphics card in the new desktop collection, the Nvidia RTX 3060. Positioned as an ideal upgrade for those running the older GTX 1060, Nvidia claims that it’s ideal for 1080p gamers targeting 60fps gameplay with high-quality textures and, of course, ray-tracing technology.
With a claimed £299/$329 price tag, it’s certainly an intriguing option for the budget-focused among us. However, with a serious shortage in GPU components generally, it’s likely that it’ll cost more – and it’ll probably sell out within seconds too.
With all that in mind, it’s best to prep, and that’s where we at Tech Advisor come in. Here’s where you can buy the RTX 3060 in the UK at launch this week.
When will the RTX 3060 be released?
After a lengthy wait, the Nvidia RTX 3060 is set to be released on 25 February 2021 at 5pm GMT for those in the UK and 9am PT/12pm ET for those in the US. The timing is slightly later in the day compared to previous Nvidia GPU releases, which usually tend to kick off at 2pm GMT, but it should still be manageable for those of us in Blighty.
Nvidia envisions the RTX 3060 as the entry-level option in the 30 Series range, claiming an MSRP of just £299/$329, but with stock shortages and Nvidia not producing its own Founders Edition of the card, it’s likely that prices will be much higher in reality.
Where can I buy the Nvidia RTX 3060 in the UK?
Like with most RTX 30 Series card releases, retailers aren’t offering pre-orders of the RTX 3060, likely in a bid to stop scalpers sucking up all the available stock and selling it on at increased cost. It’s a huge issue in the GPU market at the moment, with gamers now having to compete with scalpers as well as cryptominers on new GPUs, and that usually means stock is gone within seconds of release.
The one saving grace, at least, is that Nvidia has halved the hash rate on the RTX 3060 to move cryptominers away from the entry-level card, instead offering a mining-focused GPU later this year. That may mean there’s more stock than previous Nvidia releases which, let’s be honest, haven’t been great these past few months.
If you’re keen to get your hands on one, here’s where we expect the RTX 3060 to go on sale in the UK:
Though several retailers have listings of the upcoming RTX 3060 cards from various manufacturers, only Currys PC World has confirmed pricing right now – and starting at £450, it’s not exactly the entry-level £299 card Nvidia envisioned right now.